Poetry off the Shelf: Poesía En Abril with Coral Bracho and Juan Carlos Mestre
Saturday, April 13th, 7:00 PM
61 W. Superior
This event is free on a first come, first served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before a program. Programs typically last one hour.
Now a spring tradition in Chicago, the sixth edition of Poesía en Abril is presented by contratiempo and DePaul University. For the second consecutive year, the Poetry Foundation hosts a special festival recognition night highlighting the influential and inspiring work of two poets who have made significant contributions to Spanish-language poetry. Coral Bracho, who has been compared to John Ashbery, has received the Aguacalientes Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches in Mexico City. Juan Carlos Mestre was awarded the National Poetry Prize by Spain’s Ministry of Culture for La casa roja. Also an acclaimed visual artist, has exhibited internationally. The evening will feature visual poetry and bilingual readings.
Co-sponsored with contratiempo, Instituto Cervantes, and DePaul University
This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.